Happy Independence Day! It’s wonderful to celebrate our Independence day this year! I’d also like to congratulate our First Communion kids on making their first communion last Saturday Morning! This week coming, we’ll be celebrating Confirmation here at our parish with our 11th grade students. Every year, we celebrate the Fourth of July, First Communion, and Confirmation. Yet, I don’t think we’ve ever celebrated any of them quite like this. I’m very proud of our First Communion and of our Confirmation young people and their families. This hasn’t been the easiest year for them. Yet, here we are and we’re celebrating these things together. It’s good to celebrate and make the Eucharist the center of our faith. It’s good to see our young people confirmed in the Holy Spirit. It’s good to see people back in Church.
I don’t want to say too much this week, as because of the 4th of July holiday, our publishing deadline was way back on Friday, June 26th, and the way our world is going, so many things I would like say will probably be out of date by the time you read this.
Yet, I think it’s important to remember the Gospel. That’s one thing that will never change. I think we’ve all run through the series on being upset, frustrated, helpless, overwhelmed, and everything else this year. So it’s important that we hear Jesus’s words.
“Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.”
As long as we think we’re in control, we’re going to be constantly frustrated. When we stop, and realize we need to put ourselves in our Lord’s hands, do his work, prepare as best we can, and act with all the skill he gave us...when we’ve done that, we can rest, knowing that we don’t have to carry these burdens by ourselves. The creator of everything loves us, and will help take the weight off of our shoulders if we’re willing to put our pride aside and let him show us how.
Father Matthew Baum is the Parish Administrator at Prince of Peace Church in Northern Cambria, PA.